About the Event

[Webinar] California’s Prop 65 Law – Challenges and Opportunities

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – 2:00-3:00 pm ET

California’s Prop 65 law is complex. This webinar is intended to provide companies that make or sell chocolate or confections containing cocoa-based ingredients with an overview of California’s Proposition 65 “right-to-know” law’s unique requirements and enforcement mechanisms. An industry-led initiative designed to clarify the application of Prop 65’s requirements for lead and cadmium in chocolate and other cocoa/chocolate containing confections, and help companies avoid related Prop 65 “bounty hunter” claims through a related “opt-in” program will also be discussed.

Who should attend?

Manufacturers, processors, distributors or retailers of chocolate products with 10 or more employees, especially those who grind their own cocoa beans.



Robert L. Falk
Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Robert Falk is immediate past Chair of Morrison & Foerster LLP’s Environment and Energy Law Group. He is a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and previously served as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Environmental Law.

Mr. Falk focuses a large part of his current practice on counseling and defending clients in litigation with respect to California’s Proposition 65. Mr. Falk has successfully defended a variety of companies in Proposition 65 trial and appellate proceedings in courts throughout California and represented them in related settlement negotiations and in a variety of regulatory and legislative proceedings. He also has served as Proposition 65 advisor to a number of trade associations, currently including the National Confectioners Association.

Mr. Falk’s clients in Proposition 65 matters have included, among others, a wide variety of food and beverage companies, confectioners, consumer product manufacturers and distributors, and some of the nation’s largest retailers. His opponents have included the California Attorney General, various California District and City Attorneys, and the full array of citizens’ groups and Proposition 65 plaintiff’s law firms.

Beyond his Proposition 65 practice, Mr. Falk is a leading legal practitioner in more traditional areas of environmental and consumer product regulation and litigation.
He graduated from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and also holds a Master’s in Public Administration from New York University and a Bachelor’s in Economics from the State University of New York.

Laura Shumow, MHS
Vice President of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, NCA

Laura Shumow began her career at the National Confectioners Association in 2009. As vice president of scientific & regulatory affairs, Laura works on regulatory issues related to labeling, ingredient safety, international standards and nutrition policy. She represents NCA before federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration and has served as the delegate of the International Confectioners Association to international regulatory bodies such as Codex Alimentarius. In addition, Laura oversees the development of health-related research and education about the role of candy in the diet and has authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles, as well as book chapters and presentations, at scientific conferences.

Laura received her master’s of health sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and bachelor’s degree in food science from the University of Wisconsin. She is an active member of several professional societies, including the American Association of Candy Technologists, the American Society for Nutrition and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is the chair-elect of the DC section of the Institute of Food Technologists.

Event Highlights

COST – Exclusive NCA Member Benefit

This webinar is only available to active NCA members. If you are currently in our database, you will be prompted to login using your corporate email address and password. You can have your password sent to you if you have forgotten it.

Manufacturers, Suppliers and Brokers:
If your company is not an NCA member and you are interested in this webinar and additional benefits NCA membership offers, please contact us.